Hey everyone - My name is Vic and I am a newbie at smokin'. A few friends of mine turned me onto this forum - tons of create info!! This will be my first time giving it a try - my first setup. I just purchased a chargriller 5050 at 50% off and picked up the side smoke box. I am making a few mods including the smoke stack extension inside the main box, the charcoal basket, and flipping the curved plate in the main box to help distribute the heat / smoke. Here are some pics of my setup with out the FSB / mods. I had a few questions and wondered if you guys could point me in the right direction: - I have some 1 year old oak firewood I was going to cut into small pieces and use for smoking, do you think that would be ok flavor wise? - for my first try at smoking I was going to try ribs using the 3-2-1 method - what do you guys think, any other recommendations? - I hear the temp gauges that came with the chargriller are typically not accurate, what would you recommend? I was planning on stopping by HD and picking up something that could sit inside the main box........ - is a water pan necessary or do you think it is needed in only when cooking certain meats? I am really looking forward to getting into this - even had my 4 year old up late tonight with me (9pm) outside putting the FSB on the grill. thanks in advance for the help!!